One of the last projects that I had my music technology students perform this year was to search http://go2web20.net and find web 2.0 applications that they thought would be beneficial to an educator or musician. If you haven’t been to Go2Web20’s website, you are in for a real “shocker” when you finally do. You will not believe how many online Web 2.0 applications are available to you -the majority for FREE. Many of them are awesome and some, well, not so awesome… Hopefully this list will shed some light on the more useful programs for music educators!
The following are Web 2.0 sites (and their comments) that my students found to be interesting and useful to them in some way:
This website is a music search engine and jukebox, meaning that you can pull up any song that can be found on the site and listen to it. This is inclusive of major works (motion picture soundtracks, top artists, etc.). As a music educator, this would be a great resource to teach popular music.
This site is a resource where people can give and receive lessons on schoolwork. It provides a medium for tutoring to occur outside of traditional methods. In this way, students could receive help on demand.
This Web 2.0 site is an online grade-book. A teacher can use this to keep track of student grades. Students and parents on the other hand can be given access to see their child’s achievement and grades. This provides a way for students to track their progress in a class, and a way for parents to diagnose problems that their students may be facing.
This website is a platform for sharing music in near relatime with other people. More specifically, it provides a medium for having jam sessions with people across the globe. This could provide a way in which a cyberschool could put together a rudimetnary performing ensemble. It could also introduce students to improvisation.
This website keeps track of people who are willing to give lessons -particularly lessons in the performing arts- and provides a search engine to find these people. It also provides a map and locates where these teachers are located in relation to an address or zipcode given. You can even get directions to the house or studio that the teachers operate from, thereby helping to locate and receive work as a private instructor.
Mango.com is a free enterprise language learning course website. There are twelve different language courses available each including 100 lessons. This site would be great for voice students or a choir who is/are studying a piece of music in a different language to provide more background and pronunciation guidelines, etc.
Myschoolog.com is a web-based application that allows teachers and students to organize their schedules. You can organize everything that happens at school with this site including, lessons, exams, notes, schedules, and more.
Visualthesaurus it an interactive dictionary and thesaurus that provides visual aids to all of its subjects.
Quizlet is a completely free, ad-free, website that functions to help people learn vocabulary. It allows a list to be entered and creates tests, flashcards, etc. It has a social aspect to it that will allow classmates to help each other with their vocabularly or just chat.
Soundsnap is a repository for sound clips, sound loops, and other audio effects. The site is designed for sound designers, filmmakers, web designers, sound artists, and music producers.
Mp3realm is a search engine designed to search the web for audio in mp3 formats. It can search for title, album, artist, or genre. It also has an index of lyrics which allow you to sing along with the songs or look at the lyrics.
A website that will help you plan trips for large groups and “bid” out pricing for you so that you can select from a number of options and price ranges that best fit your needs and budget!
A free to use application that helps you keep track of your tasks and the TIME you spend on them.
A fun, simple website that is very educational for young children. It includes, learning activities, games, and videos/audio clips. This site is especially useful for ESL children as it includes fun ways to learn vocabulary.
This site is a virtual online whiteboard that can be shared with up to six people by emailing a link to them. It also allows conference chats with the people utilizing the whiteboard.
Schoopy is a classroom organizer, includes making school websites, and has educational games that teachers, parents, and student can access. Once a school is connected, teachers, can post homework assignments, announcements, etc. It also works like a social network. Anyone who is a member of the “community” of the school can see who else is “online”. Messages can then be sent, pictures shared, and games played.
Provides a free 50 gigabytes of space to backup your most important files and/or access from the web! What teacher doesn’t need this kind of connectivity and backup solution?!?
A website for people who want to learn foreign languages. There are games and vocabulary practice exercises. You can also interact with others online who are learning the same language that you are…because of this, you may quiz and practice with others…all the time.
This website allows you to mix music and email your compositions to anyone. It also created embeddable versions of your mix to include on other websites. Your music may be remixed and tweaked by your friends.
Listen to free Internet radio and find new music online.
Stumble Upon is a great way to explore the web in a very easy fashion. The free service allows you to explore different types (catagories) of websites and allows you to find other websites that are related.
This site is basically an online karaoke machine. This site is great for groups to record, critique, and share their singing with others.
This website allows students to search for private lesson instructors. Although this site can be used to find instrumental and vocal lessons, you may also use it to find teachers for any type of tutoring purpose: golf, baseball, math, etc.
A self-publishing website. They will publish anything. Great for teachers who want to make limited versions of a text book for their classes, etc.
A form making website. You may create any type of form from permission slips, to medical forms. Use this for field trips, registrations, surveys, etc. You may also search from a very comprehensive store of forms already created!
Please share with us your experiences with these sites or add new ones to the comment section below!
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D., is an industry innovator, educator, clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many music and education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator in higher education, he made the move into industry in 2018.
As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in many capacities during his tenure including Professor of music, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Associate/Assistant Chair of Music and Fine Arts, Director of Jazz Studies.
He finished his tenure at the college as the Director of Bands, where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Band, and various smaller ensembles. He continues to guest direct bands, consult with music programs, and adjudicate ensembles and programs today.
He has been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries.
He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, SBO, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications.
He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website: jpisano.com.